Walsh fit to play in season opener

Luke Walsh
Luke Walsh

Saints breathed a massive sigh of relief when it was revealed that initial fears stellar Aussie signing Luke Walsh had suffered a serious derby day injury to his jaw proved unfounded.

“He has been given a clean bill of health and will be available for our opening match of the season at Warrington Wolves,” a club spokesman said yesterday.

But it didn’t stop head coach Nathan Brown from condemning a tackle by Welsh international prop Ben Flower in the aftermath of James Roby’s testimonial match against arch-rivals Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park on Friday night.

Brown stormed: “Luke got struck in the head, didn’t he? And without the ball.

“It is something you know is going to happen when you play Wigan. It’s standard with their front row.”

He added: “If nothing happens we move on. It’s the nature of the game and we will run with the flow.”

Similar treatment was handed out by Wigan’s Scott Taylor to on-loan Gareth O’Brien in a Super League fixture between the derby rivals at Langtree Park last July and, when the diminutive half back was also carried off on a stretcher in a subsequent fixture against Catalan Dragons in the south of France, Brown demanded greater protection for players.

Wigan boss Shane Wane said: “I didn’t really notice the incident. What was wrong?”

He added: “I saw Walsh on the ground but didn’t see anything in it.”